Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Learn the Secrets of New York’s Grand Central Terminal

Discount for Tri-State Members

About the Tour:

  • The Tri-State Railway Historical Society has secured a private tour of New York’s Grand Central Terminal with Untapped Cities.

  • Date & Time: July 13, 2019 at 12 PM. The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.

  • Trip Coordinator: Leon Moreau, ljmoreau4@yahoo.com

  • Availability: Tickets limited to 20 attendees.

  • Pricing: $35/non-members, $25/members (limit 2 per member, see note at bottom)*

Information for Attendees:

  • Transportation: Attendees are expected to arrange their own transportation to and from Grand Central Terminal. As a courtesy, attendees will be provided, via email, information regarding rail transportation options to/from Grand Central.

  • Meeting Location: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017. Attendees will be notified, via email, of the tour’s specific starting location.

  • Attire: Please wear comfortable shoes; this is a walking tour.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Tickets must be purchased through Tri-State’s ticket vendor, Brown Paper Tickets.

*Members, please have your 8-digit membership number, located on your 2019 membership card, ready so you can access the member pricing by clicking “Enter a Password or Discount Code.” Please contact our Membership Committee at membership@tristaterail.org if you have misplaced your membership card. Your 2019 membership with Tri-State will need to be active on or before June 10, 2019 in order to be eligible for a discount.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Language of Light
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Language of Light

Our June 13th meeting will feature a special presentation by long-time photographer and author Ken Karlewicz. His masterful and creative photography has wowed us for more than 30 years, but he's also a skilled model railroader. He melds both into this show "Language of Light," where he explores the way that light and shadow play upon the railroads where Ken often accentuates the details, texture and context of a scene. This eye for lighting and composition adds realism to model railroad photogaphy, as we'll enjoy imagery that hasn't yet been seen in print.

The meetings begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Morris Museum, Bickford Theater, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Light refreshments are often available.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: On the Susquehanna with Rich Taylor
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: On the Susquehanna with Rich Taylor

The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad has always been a favorite of local railfans. Before the days of Walter Rich and Delaware Otsego, the Susie-Q was a railroad on the decline and financially embarrassed. The railroad continued to retrench service further eastward as business dried up and storm damaged tracks were too costly to repair. Yet, its nearly all-ALCo roster and unique operations continued to make the Susquehanna an interesting railroad to follow. Prolific railroad photographer, and New Jersey native, Rich Taylor joins Tri-State on May 9th to give us a look at this era. Taylor’s photography covers the 1960s through the eve of Delaware Otsego in 1980. We’re looking forward to this great look at the Susie-Q.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Jim Boyd Memorial
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Jim Boyd Memorial

The April 11th meeting will feature a tribute to long-time Tri-State member and past-Director Jim Boyd. As the founding editor of Railfan & Railroad, having left short careers as a brakeman for Illinois Central and a diesel locomotive technician for EMD, Jim Boyd moved to New Jersey in 1972 bringing with him a large collection of slides documenting the 1950s and '60s from around the United States. This show presents a selection of slides. Jim's boyhood friends Mike Schafer, currently an editor and author at White River Productions, and Craig Willet, retired Milwaukee / Soo / Amtrak engineer, assembled a selection of their favorites in a show that was presented at the 2019 Winterail in Oregon, one of Jim Boyd's favorite events. Jim had a big impact on Tri-State in the 1970s and 1980s. He passed away in 2010.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Boonton's Transportation Heritage
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Boonton's Transportation Heritage

We've all heard about the activity and great plans for the rail history sites in Boonton. At the March 14th meeting we'll hear from one of the prime-movers behind this promising effort. Our own author and historian William J. "Captain Bill" McKelvey shows us the plans and concepts for operating trolleys and displaying rail equipment in today's Grace Lord Park, where the Morris Canal and the old Boonton Iron Works trackage was located during Boonton's industrial heyday. In addition, Bill also recently authored "The Transportation History of Boonton, N.J.," which will be available at the meeting. Those who already have the book are invited to bring it for signatures. Some of the images in the book will be part of the presentation, as well as a few new ones. We're looking forward to an informative and entertaining evening.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Bangor & Arookstook No. 44
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Bangor & Arookstook No. 44

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Happy Valentines Day to Tri-State.  That's right, our 2nd Thursday tradition falls on Valentine's Day and this year we'll keep a date with the rail history group we love most. And we'll look at one of the projects we love most. Our F3 project leader Mike Del Vecchio will share some images of the long life and times of Bangor & Aroostook No.44, today's Lackawanna 663 in Scranton. It started life in May 1948 in Maine as number 504 in the EMD F3 demonstrator paint scheme. And for more than 30 years it shared life with band-mate 46 as an anthracite ambassador wearing CNJ paint in the 1990s and Lackawanna freight paint in the 2010s. This year marks ten years since we brought the F3s to Scranton to begin their next life. And for Tri-State it was a restoration for the books, stripping it down to the skeleton and rebuilding it inside and out. We have a piece in which we can be proud. Please join us if you can.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Garden State in '88
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Garden State in '88

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


The January 10th meeting will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Garden State in '88 NRHS Convention, hosted by Tri-State. As we saw in the Summer 2018 Block Line, the 1988 Convention featured numerous events and tours, bit steam in the form of Nickel Plate Road 765 and big diesels as the trio of Morristown & Erie Alcos as these classics wheeled excursion riders over some of the area's most scenic routings. Long-time member Mitch Dakelman will bring some of the video to bring this Convention to life. And we'll see many of the members and volunteers who helped pull it off. Tri-Staters should feel free to bring items from the Convention to display if they choose.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: A Year on the Road
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: A Year on the Road

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A YEAR ON THE ROAD

Presentation by Steve Barry

Railfan & Railroad editor Steve Barry will show some of his favorite images from the year 2018. Along the way we’ll see the last of SEPTA’s AEM7s, light rail systems from all across the U.S., steam freight charters from Maine to Oregon, and much more.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Santa Train (Sold out!)
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Santa Train (Sold out!)

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SANTA TRAIN IN WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

WWW.SANTATRAIN.ORG


This year’s Santa Train is SOLD OUT!

We Look Forward to Seeing You Next Year!


ABOUT TRI-STATE'S SANTA TRAIN

  • Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • Train Times: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM

  • Price: $23 adults, $13 children under age 12, infants-in-arms ride free

  • Location: Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center, Route 23 Southbound & West Belt Parkway, Wayne, NJ 07040 (click here for directions)

You will ride a full round trip lasting approximately 60 minutes. The fare includes an activity book and a little toy for every child. These trips are operated by New Jersey Transit using its modern, restroom-equipped passenger trains.

  • Each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa. Please bring your camera to record the experience! Santa will be giving out a gift to each child, and children will also receive candy canes.

  • This station is equipped with a high level platform accessible via a wheelchair ramp at the center of the platform. Please arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to departure to ensure easy check-in. Passengers with physical disabilities, please notify us in advance of your needs so that we may better serve you.

  • Due to patrons with allergies, we respectfully request that you leave your pets at home. Service animals are always welcome.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!


CUSTOMER SUPPORT

  • General Questions: Email us at santa@tristaterail.org or call our voicemail at 1-973-656-0707. We’ll return your call!

  • Questions Regarding Your Order: Please call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, option 2. Please have your order number ready.

  • Order Tickets By Phone: Please call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, option 1. Be sure to mention “Santa Train - Wayne, NJ.”

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Donald W. Furler's Photography: Quiet Monsters Coming to Life
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Donald W. Furler's Photography: Quiet Monsters Coming to Life

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Donald W. Furler's Photography: Quiet Monsters Coming to Life

Presented by Alan Furler

We are treated to a very special presentation about legendary photographer Donald W. Furler by his son Alan. Don's photography of the steam era featured perfect compositions on large format film, and during the steam era his work was among the best. His son Alan grew up in Glen Rock along the Erie Mainline and now lives in Cape May. He spent much of his youth trackside with his dad from near the end of the regular steam era and continuing with many later steam excursions. He developed his own love of trains, especially steam. His career in biomedical engineering focused on medical device R&D, and he retired in 2011 as a V.P. with a GE Medical business. In recent years he has focused on preserving his dad's collection. His presentation will highlight steam in the Tri-State area from the 1930s through the mid-50s. Alan has donated his father's extensive work to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and he presented this show at CRPA's Annual Conference in 2018. We are fortunate to see it in person.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Photography of William Strassner
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Photography of William Strassner

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

William Strassner grew up with a passion for all things railroad, spending his youth snapping hundreds of photos of the Erie, Lackawanna, EL, L&HR, Lehigh Valley, and others. That passion manifested in a long career with the railroad, including time spent with the PRR, Penn Central, CNJ, Conrail, and NJ Transit. Strassner joins Tri-State for a presentation of 360 photographs from 1950s through Conrail.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Railroad Museum [for a day] 2018
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Railroad Museum [for a day] 2018

Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During the once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey's largest railroad museum. Museum [for a day] provides a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside of our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in. 

Tri-State's Morristown & Erie 19 and several of our cabooses will be on display and open for tours!

More information is available at www.museumforaday.com.

EVENT DETAILS:

When - Sunday, September 30, 2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where - 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005
Admission Prices -

  • Adults (age 12+) - $5.00

  • Children (ages 3-11) - $3.00

  • Boy Scouts in uniform - $3.00

ACTIVITIES:

  • Discover and explore over a dozen pieces of restored historic railroad equipment from New Jersey, inside and out

  • Visit vintage cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles

  • Enjoy live music and freshly-cooked food

  • Meet and talk to railroaders and railroad preservationists

  • Learn about railroad historical preservation efforts in New Jersey

  • If you're a Boy Scout, earn a special patch, or even Railroading Merit Badge

  • Visit the Boonton Day street fair, just up the road

PARKING:

Event parking is available at the Upper Plane Street municipal lot (click here for directions). This lot is located directly adjacent to the Boonton Day street fair on Main Street, and a free shuttle bus will be available to take you to Museum [for a day].

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Shortline in the Suburbs
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Shortline in the Suburbs

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

William S. Young was among the best storytellers of short-line railroading. His photography and publications encompassed a wide range of small railroads throughout the country. However, Young got his start with a railroad just a short distance from his boyhood home. The Rahway Valley Railroad operated a bustling industrial operation of just 11.8 miles in Union and Essex Counties. Young’s friendship, with the son of the railroad’s Master Mechanic, culminated is his 400+ photographs, two diaries full of notes, and countless pieces of memorabilia. Author Richard J. King will present several of Young’s superb 1940s and 1950s photographs, retell stories recounted by Young, and show an array of memorabilia. 

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Sunnyside Yard
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Sunnyside Yard

Penn Station in New York City is one of the busiest railroad stations in the United States, and the secret to its success is Sunnyside Yard in Jamaica, Queens. NJTransit trains that call on NYPenn pass through the station for staging in Sunnyside. Amtrak trains are staged, made up and serviced at Sunnyside. Long Island Rail Road trains add to the traffic density. It's a busy yard, one that's off limits to railfans and difficult to photograph from the city streets. John Kilbride spent a big part of his railroad career in and around Sunnyside and he'll give us an insider's look at a yard that has few rivals for activity. His program includes a map of the yard for everyone who attends.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Railroads of Lake Hopatcong
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Railroads of Lake Hopatcong

May 10th is traditionally National Train Day, an this year on Thursday, May 10th, celebrate with Marty Kane of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum with a look into the fascination collection of images of the two major railroads that served Lake Hopatcong. A major Northeast resort from the 1880s and into the 1930s, Lake Hopatcong owed its rise to popularity to the railroads that promoted travel and moved the freight to the Lake. Marty will take us back to the days when the Central Railroad of New Jersey trains called on Nolan's Point and the Lackawanna trains stopped many times daily at Landing, which is still served by NJ Transit today. 

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Slides of Dick Forest
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Slides of Dick Forest

Our April 4th meeting will feature a special presentation by long-time member Ken MIller, with two short programs featuring the slides of another long-time member, Dick Forest. The first show is titled: "Phillipsburg, Crossroads of Transportation," looking at this Warren County river town that was crossed by five major railroads, two canals, a trolley line, and was home to big industrial facilities. While attending law school, Dick was an operator at Q tower north of P'burg, so he knew when the trains were running and was line side in his youth, and was taking pictures long enough to revisit those spots during the Conrail era giving us many then-and-now looks. The second program is "Travels With Dick Forest." Anyone who knew Dick knew that he liked to travel, first class, so we'll see private car journeys all over North America during the height of the private car era. This should be a memorable night. 

The meeting begins at 7:15 at the Bickford Theater, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Admission is free, all are welcome.

(Bob Krone photo in banner)

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Pocono Mountain Route
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Pocono Mountain Route

It's been 25 years since the Delaware-Lackawanna arrived in Scranton, and we'll celebrate that night with Railpace editor Tom Nemeth has he debuts his newest book "Pocono Mountain Route -- the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad." With the announced publication date of March 1st, we'll have books at the meeting hot off the press, and Tom will be signing them upon request. The Delaware-Lackawanna is world famous for this great-running fleet of well-maintained Alcos, from RS3s to C420s and C424s, to massive six-motor power that includes the last operating 3600 h.p. C636. The recent application of its "corporate white" paint to most of the big units give the railroad a classy look as consists of anywhere from three-to-seven units could be seen assaulting the Pocono Mountain grades. A couple of historically painted units leading working freight trains give a nod to the past, including a genuine Lehigh Valley C420. The D-L is a fine heir to the mighty DL&W. Tom will bring a selection of his photography from the book. This is a night not to miss.

As always, attendance is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Wreck of the Broker
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Wreck of the Broker

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Gordon Bond

Gordon Bond

On the drizzly evening of February 6, 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train known as "The Broker" derailed in Woodbridge, New Jersey, killing 85 and injuring hundreds in what remains the deadliest railroad accident in the state's history. Communities all along the Jersey Shore were shaken by the sudden and violent loss of family and friends. 

What happened was self-evident from the mangled railcars and bodies. Why was another matter and would lead investigators to delve deep into the inner workings of the self-proclaimed "Standard Railroad of the World." 

Historian and author Gordon Bond will be giving his presentation about this tragedy drawn from his new book, "MAN FAILURE: The Story of New Jersey's Deadliest Train Wreck." Copies will be available for purchase and signing for $30.

As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome!

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Along the Bel-Del"
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Along the Bel-Del"

Tri-State proudly presents Shane Blische, a rising young railroad historian who has been researching all things Bel-Del. New Jersey’s Belvidere Delaware Railroad meandered for nearly seventy miles along the eastern banks of the Delaware River, making its way from Trenton northwards to Phillipsburg, Belvidere, and Manunka Chunk. The line was one of countless subsidiary lines that composed the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad system. Constructed a decade before the Civil War, the line operated as a bustling freight route before becoming a casualty of Conrail. Blische is an active member of the Black River Historical Trust and has spent nearly ten years collecting information on the Bel-Del, growing up just across the Delaware River from the old rail line. He has pulled from his vast archive a number of photographs, postcards, and documents to frame his talk on the old Bel-Del’s history.

As always, attendance is free and all are welcome to attend!

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Railroad Museum [for a day] 2017
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Railroad Museum [for a day] 2017

Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During the once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey's largest railroad museum. Museum [for a day] provides a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside of our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in. 

This year, Tri-State's Morristown & Erie 19 and several of our cabooses will be on display and open for tours!

More information is available at

EVENT DETAILS:

When - Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where - 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005
Admission Prices -

  • Adults (age 12+) - $5.00
  • Children (ages 3-11) - $3.00
  • Boy Scouts in uniform - $3.00

ACTIVITIES:

  • Discover and explore over a dozen pieces of restored historic railroad equipment from New Jersey, inside and out
  • Visit vintage cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles
  • Enjoy live music and freshly-cooked food
  • Meet and talk to railroaders and railroad preservationists
  • Learn about railroad historical preservation efforts in New Jersey
  • If you're a Boy Scout, earn a special patch, or even Railroading Merit Badge
  • Visit the Boonton Day street fair, just up the road

PARKING:

Event parking is available at the Upper Plane Street municipal lot (click here for directions). This lot is located directly adjacent to the Boonton Day street fair on Main Street, and a free shuttle bus will be available to take you to Museum [for a day].

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Celebrate Rockaway 2017
Sep
17
1:00 PM13:00

Celebrate Rockaway 2017

  • 26 East Main Street Rockaway, NJ, 07866 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tri-State Railway Historical Society will be offering train rides in Rockaway, NJ on September 17, 2017 as part of the Celebrate Rockaway 2017 street fair. In partnership with the Borough of Rockaway and the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad, passengers will be treated to free 15-minute train rides aboard DL&W No. 896, L&NE No. 580, and RRRR No. 10 along the historic former Dover & Rockaway Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. 

Trains depart from the parking lot of Potbelly's Riverside Cafe. The first train leaves at 1 PM and additional trains will leave as necessary.

For more information about the street fair, please log onto: www.celebraterockaway.com

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Lackawanna's New Jersey Cut-Off - Past and Present"
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Lackawanna's New Jersey Cut-Off - Past and Present"

  • Morris Museum (Bickford Theater) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Chuck Walsh

Chuck Walsh

September's meeting will feature Chuck Walsh, President of the North Jersey Rail Commuter Association, who will give a slide presentation about Lackawanna's New Jersey Cut-Off -- Past and Present. Chuck has been involved with the preservation and reactivation of the Cut-Off for more than 30 years and will set aside plenty of time after his presentation to answer your questions about the current status of the line and the reasons for the delays in NJ Transit’s rebuilding of the line to Andover. He and his daughter are currently producing a video series about the Cut-Off, available for viewing on YouTube. We'll see some of that at the meeting.

As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome!

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